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Apple TV 3rd Gen

Apple TV 3rd Gen

I was after a device that I could use to watch all of my movie collection on the big screen. I liked the interface and feel of XBMC but a large cumbersome PC was not the best idea. I was told off-hand that the Apple TV could be hacking to run XBMC and given it is a small device, has wireless and a network port – this seemed like the ideal thing to buy. I had no prior knowledge of Generations and assumed it was either a silver one or a black one. I had read the guides and had previously jailbroken the IPAD 1 – so seen no issues with doing to the same to this device.

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Blackberry PlayBook drops in price

Recently on my travels looking for a tablet computer, I noticed that they have dropped the price of the BlackBerry Playbook. It comes in 3 models 16GIG – £249, 32GIG – £329 and 64GIG – £409. If you were just to look at this from a normal ‘person on the ground’ view point, you  could argue that at £249 it is £150 cheaper than the iPad, smaller which means easier to carry around and it all does the same thing right? While I have not bought one as of yet, this is what I found out so far about the device.

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Axis M7001 Surveillance Kit

The Axis M7001 Surveillance Kit is a two part device in that the actual M7001 part is a video encoder that run via PoE (power over ethernet) and can drive two streams, one been the supplied camera and the other is ANY CCTV type camera (BNC Connection). Due to the small size and the fact you do not need any power for the external camera, you can place the CCTV anywhere you need. It scales up to 704×576 for high quality video.

 

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Kingston DataTraveler 108

Recently I had to stock up at work on USB Flash drives, the capacity was not so important and the main aim was price I guess. I spotted the Kingston DataTraveler 108, the price was a s chap as the rest of the 4 GIG flash drives and it looked tiny. We bought five of these and I gave one a run through once it arrived.

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Are Netbooks Dying out?

I have heard the USA Based Tech Hosts declare that the end of notebooks is in sight and they serve no real purpose in life and things such as the Apple iPad will overtake the notebook market by next year. I own a netbook myself (the first gen Acer One) and while it does serve some handy purposes, it is not about to replace my laptop any time soon. Do you think the bell’s are sounding for Netbooks as yet another passing fad or do you think they are here to stay?

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